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By: Melanie | July 8, 2015 | (56) Comments

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*This review is spoiler-free for the entire series. Spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags* It is Paula Weston’s fault that I haven’t done anything productive lately. Yup that’s right, I’m putting ALL the blame on her. I’ve been stuck inside this world that Weston’s created and just can’t seem to get out. SEND HELP.  So. If you haven’t heard of/read The Rephaim series, I highly recommend you reconsider all your life choices and ask yourself: what am I doing with my life? I clearly […]

By: Melanie | February 13, 2015 | (50) Comments

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With it’s witty humour and cuteness in general, I can definitely see why Erin Gough’s YA debut, The Flywheel, won The Ampersand Project. Just as some general knowledge, Melissa Keil’s Life in Outer Space was the winner from a previous year that Hardie Grant Egmont Australia picked up, so if you trust their tastes, then you should most certainly check this one out as well! I mean, seriously, who can go wrong with Aussie YA? 4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Flywheel 1. It’s a LGBTQ+ themed Aussie […]

By: Melanie | December 8, 2014 | (28) Comments

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Verse books tend to be a hit or miss for me, and in most occasions, I’ve found myself completely sucked into the story, The Realm of Possibility is another one of those verse books that just work. I can’t pretend to know what love is. It just is. The Realm of Possibility is a bit like an anthology, for it follows multiple people’s lives–a different person per poem. The author particularly focuses the teenagers’ love lives and life problems. As expected of David Levithan, what’s more is […]

By: Melanie | August 21, 2014 | (20) Comments

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I cannot remember the last time I’ve read something like The Minnow. Honestly, I’m not even sure if I’ve ever read anything like The Minnow. Utterly beautiful and magical, The Minnow sucked me in completely, and I’m sure Tom’s story won’t be leaving my head any time soon. Tom is a girl. Her real name is Holly but everyone calls her Tom. The reason? You’ll just have to find out yourself. Tom, for me, was a fantastic choice of a protagonist. Though odd and […]

By: Melanie | June 21, 2014 | (24) Comments

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Once again, Paula Weston manages to throw me back into the world of the Rephaim like I was there just yesterday; when actually, it’s been more than a year since I picked up Haze. No disappointments here, my friends (not that I was expecting to be)–so if you haven’t picked up this series thus far, get your butt off your seat and head over to the bookstore right this minute. If not…you are on my hate list. *side eyes all of you* […]

By: Melanie | February 3, 2014 | (28) Comments

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Thank you Text Publishing for hosting this blog tour Bird really surprised me–the writing was absolutely spectacular, I loved the prose so much and I found it hard to put it down because of it. Crystal Chan also mastered the characters. They are perfectly flawed (which sounds awfully contradictory) and I felt myself growing onto them when I close the book. The presence of family is obvious and the drama within was also handled well. You know what? Bird ticks all the boxes for […]

By: Melanie | August 31, 2013 | (14) Comments

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We were once like you, only our world wasn’t like yours. You have no idea how close to death you came. A generation or two earlier, you might be here with us. We resent you. You astonish us. I have never read a GLBT book in my life. I have never had an opinion on gay people. I have never needed to. I have never really thought about gay people. I have never. So I thought it was time to read a […]

By: Melanie | July 29, 2013 | (22) Comments

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  ‘I’m the least brave of everyone. I never signed up for this war. Leukaemia conscripted me, the fucker.’ Zac and Mia had a John Green vibe to it- the synopsis immediately reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. While not as fantastic, Zac and Mia has a strong story filled with wit, humour and heart felt moments. But let me stress that this book should not be in comparison to The Fault in Our Stars, Zac and Mia carries it’s […]

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